This silent German educational film shows the roles played by pilots, radiomen and gunners in the service of the German Luftwaffe. Although banned from producing aircraft and training pilots in large numbers by the Treaty of Versailles, Hitler's Germany quickly began to assemble an air force and made great strides in aviation technology. This film uniquely shows some of the training of the men recruited for the Luftwaffe, and was doubtless used in German schools to foster an interest in the... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Luftwaffe, Adolf Hitler, hermann Goring
This silent, German educational film shows the construction of a Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann, a two-seat, single-engine aerobatic monoplane aircraft built by Bücker Flugzeugbau GmbH in Rangsdorf, near Berlin and extensively used by the Luftwaffe in World War II.The Bücker Bü 181 was named Bestmann after a German maritime term designating a member of the deck crew on coastal or fishing vessels. The prototype Bü 181 (D-ERBV) made its maiden flight in February 1939 with Chief Pilot Arthur... favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Bücker Flugzeugbau, BU 181 Bestmann, Rangsdorf, Bucker BU 131, Luftwaffe, Aircraft
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The Burlington Route, Rio Grande, and Western Pacific Railroads produced this tourism promotional film in the 1950's to highlight the California Zephyr luxury train, running between Chicago and San Francisco. The California Zephyr (the CZ, or "Silver Lady") was a passenger train operated by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q), Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) and Western Pacific railroads, all which dubbed it "the most talked about train in America" on... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: railroad, train, California, locomotive, transportation
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This Kriegsmarine film shows the cruise of the German warships Gneisenau and Blucher in the North Atlantic in 1939 and 1940. These two ships were to be part of what Adolph Hitler hoped would be a new German Navy that would challenge Britain's mastery of the sea. The cruiser Blucher would be sunk just a short time after the film was made, in 1940 during the invasion of Norway. The... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
Made in 1966, this rarely seen documentary "Today, Tomorrow and Titan III" shows the U.S. Air Force and NASA's activities and research. The Manned Orbiting Laboratory space station concept, put forward as part of an initiative to militarize space under the auspices of the USAF, is touched upon. Research efforts with lifting bodies (which might be used to resupply the MOL) including the M2-F1 and high speed aircraft including the X-15 rocket plane are shown at Edwards Air Force Base... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Manned Orbiting Laboratory, NASA, NASA Drydena, North American X-15, Lifting Body, Rocket plane
Dating to the 1960s, this IBM produced film tells the story of the George D. Roper Corporation, a manufacturer of gas and electric stoves, and how its business was transformed by high tech data management. The film features IBM's Clyde Janson, who helped install IBM's 402 and 602 computers at Roper in 1958. Also shown are O56 Verifiers and O52 Keypunch, 557 interpreter, 519 reproducer, O83 and O84 sorter, and O88 Collator, and the processing system. The computer being used is the 1401,... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: IBM, History Of Computing, Computers, Data Processing, Data, Technology, Punch Cards, Punch Card...
A scenic cruise along the Hudson and the East River in New York is used to discuss the history of the U.S. Navy, from its earliest era to the present. Features footage of the SS United States, RMS Queen Mary, the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations. Also contains shots of the fighting ship USS Constitution, known as "Old Ironsides". favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
A history of the early days of Naval aviation, Wings of the Fleet was made in the mid-1920s. Includes footage of the battleship USS Texas as it became the first warship to launch an aircraft in 1919, early blimp and dirigible tests, and experiments with amphibious aircraft. Some of the craft shown include the dirigible ZR-1, the Shenandoah, the Los Angeles, and the C-7. Seaplanes featured include the PN-9 and the record-breaking NC-4. Various famous aviators are in the film include speed record... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy Publicity Film
This movie is about the USS Tunny (SS-282) and the procedure she helped pioneer -- firing the Regulus missile. The Regulus was the world's first nuclear cruise missile, and a stop-gap weapon that served the Navy until the arrival of the Polaris weapon system. The Gato-class USS Tunny served three years in the Pacific during WWII, and was brought back into service in 1953 to assist in the development of the Regulus missile system. The U.S. strategy at this time, was to prevent an all out nuclear... favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
Profiles the role of the U.S. Navy's hardhat divers, and shows the various systems used to support their operations. This film includes footage of re-compression chambers and diver support equipment. The special men of honor who served as the Navy's hardhat divers during WWII salvaged lost equipment, repaired ships at sea and in the harbor, and served in many other important capacities. ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
Made in 1942 and shot in color, "The Battle of Midway" is John Ford's masterpiece of documentary filmmaking. Featuring voice overs by Donald Crisp, Henry Fonda, and Jane Darwell, the film includes material shot by Ford himself during the Japanese bombardment of Midway. John Ford's handheld, 16mm footage of the battle was captured totally impromptu. He had been in transit on the island, roused from his bunk by the sounds of the battle, picked up his camera and began shooting. Ford was... favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
Made in 1944 and shot in color, The Fighting Lady is a documentary / propaganda film produced by Twentieth Century Fox for the U.S. Navy. The plot of the film revolves around the life of seamen on board the second USS Yorktown (CV-10) - "the Fighting Lady". The film includes footage of combat in the Marcus Islands, the attack on Truk in the Carolines,and the famous Marianas 'turkey shoot'. Directed by Edward Stiechen and narrated by Charles Boyer and Robert Taylor. favoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
This German propaganda newsreel was part of a a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII. This film celebrates the launching of Germany's new navy, including the super battleship Bismarck in 1939 and a never-completed aircraft carrier, the Graf Zeppelin in 1938. Grand Admiral Erich Raeder and Adolph Hitler can be seen at the christening of Graf Zeppelin at Kiel. Also featured in this newsreel is footage of the construction of U-boats and the launch of a completed boat. favorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Newsreel.
This 1945 Technicolor film was shown to Navy veterans in the aftermath of WWII. Intended to refocus the men who had lived through such horror, and who had trained to live by the sword, the film attempts to remind the viewer of the goals achieved by the conflict. This film may owe its existence to a very real fear that returning veterans would not be able to re-integrate into society; but such worries proved groundless. James Vincent Forrestal, the last Cabinet-level United States Secretary of... favorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and especially the sinking of the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous by submarine-launched torpedo. Adolf Hitler is seen decorating a U-boat crew. Featured submarines: Type IX (9) U-boats U-38 and U-37. favoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
Made to promote flight deck safety, this Vietnam era film features footage shot aboard USS Forrestal (CVA-59). It was made in 1967, the same year that the ship suffered a terrible fire that cost 134 lives. It is unclear whether the film predates the fire, or was made in its wake. The USS Forrestal (CV-59) superseded Shinano of World War II vintage as the largest aircraft carrier ever built by full load displacement and was the first to specifically support jet aircraft. The ship was... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. In this film, the Battle of The Atlantic is seen from the German perspective as Kreigsmarine U-boats converge for a wolfpack patrol, hunting Allied merchant ships. favorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. Shows naval actions in World War I (WWI), including the German High Fleet engaging the British Royal Navy at Jutland. Contains actual combat footage of German warships firing upon and sinking a British battlecruiser which then capsizes. Footage also includes Zebrugge, Scapa Flow and Firth of Forth. favorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: World War I (WWI) German Newsreel.
This well-produced home movie shows a trip to Acapulco and through the Panama Canal, made by a man named Lund on a cruise ship back in the 1960s. Some of the highlights include vistas of Acapulco, including resort hotels, the Mexican Navy at anchor, museums,and more. The Panama Canal is seen at the 10:00 mark, and continues through the Canal. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in... Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Film, Home Movies, Canal, Panama Canal, 1960's Cruise Ship, Mexico,...
Celebrating the 50th year of the Langley Research Center, this NASA film highlights the many innovations and discoveries made from 1917 through 1967. Langley Research Center (LaRC) is the oldest of NASA's field centers, located in Hampton, Virginia, United States. It directly borders Poquoson, Virginia and Langley Air Force Base. LaRC focuses primarily on aeronautical research, though the Apollo lunar lander was flight-tested at the facility and a number of high-profile space missions have... Topics: NASA, Apollo program, President John F. Kennedy, NACA, Space race, VTOL, landing gear test
Made in 1953, "Operation Doorstep" shows the Upshot-Knothole Annie nuclear weapons test conducted by the United States as part of Operation Upshot-Knothole. This took place at the Nevada Test Site on 17 March 1953, and was nationally televised. The broadcast as well as this film suggests that it is possible to survive an a-bomb blast, as long as you have a good fallout shelter or other protection. Unfortunately, just a few years after this film was made, larger and larger yield... Topics: Civil Defense, Desert Rock, Nevada Nuclear Test Site, Operation, Doorstep, Upshot-knothole Annie,...
This WWII newsreel "Bombs Over Italy" shows American bombers attacking Genoa and Foggia, Italy in the run-up to the invasion of continental Europe. General Jimmy Doolittle is seen with American air forces planning operations over Rome. Military objectives in the Italian capitol are smashed including the San Lorenzo rail yards. The invasion of Sicily by British and American forces is also shown. Italian forces begin to surrender, foreshadowing the collapse of the Italian... Topics: Geneva, Genoa, Foggia Gino Lisa Airport, Castle Films, Allies Of World War II, World War II, Allied...
Ralph V.H. Wood, the Philadelphia Electric Company Project Officer for Edison Electric Institute discusses an experiment that was conducted in 1955 at the Nevada Test Site to study the effects of an atomic blast on electric power facilities. Images of utility workers on power lines and preparations for the test flash across the screen while Mr. Wood talks.This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage... Topics: Nevada, Atomic Bomb, 1955, Nevada Test And Training Site, Atomic Films, Film, Atomic Blast, Ralph...
"Wings to Guatemala" is a Pan Am travelogue directed by Jean Oser, and written by Robert Hertzberg. Produced in the 1950s, it features stunning images of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala City, the Tikal temple prior to the removal of foliage, and footage of the people and industries of this Central American nation. Tikal is the ruins of an ancient city found in a rainforest in Guatemala. Ambrosio Tut, a gum-sapper, reported the ruins to a La Gaceta, a Guatemalan newspaper, which named the... Topics: Pan American World Airline, Guatemala, travelogue, Lake Atitlan, Maya Civilization, Maya Ruins, Pan...
The USS Triton (SSRN-586) was one of the largest submarines of its era. Equipped with twin reactors, Triton circumnavigated the world underwater in 1960, under the command of famous submariner Edward L. Beach. This color film details life aboard Triton during that epochal trip, and shows its triumphant homecoming, including a visit from President Dwight Eisenhower. Triton was to be used as a radar picket submarine, but problems related to its design meant that it was eventually relegated to use... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Recounts the 1966 SeaLab II effort, involving ten aquanots who lived in a chamber beneath the sea, under seven atmospheres of pressure. The most famous of the aquanots was Scott Carpenter, who was also one of the original seven Project Mercury astronauts. Includes footage of diving bell, SeaLab I, SeaLab II, crew transfer vehicle, trained dolphins, and practice sessions to recover downed aircraft, sunken submarines and atomic bombs and other weapons. Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
The Pacific Campaign is recounted in this post-WWII film. Beginning with the Japanese invasion of the China, the film rapidly shows the U.S. entry to the war at Pearl Harbor, and the battles that followed from Guadalcanal to the Phillipines, Marianas, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and culminating with the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by B-29s flying from island bases. Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Made prior to the outbreak of World War II (WWII) as the United States began a build-up of its naval forces, "The Battle" shows a gigantic fleet exercise and promotes the capabilities of the two ocean navy. Features footage of battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and various support craft including hospital ships and supply vessels. Many vessels are shown including the North Hampton class battleship Chicago (CA-29), the USS California (BB-44), and the... Topic: U.S. Navy Propaganda Film
A U.S. Navy training and safety film that in detail covers the procedure a submarine crew would take to make an immediate free breathing emergency bouyant ascent. In other words, how to safely exit a submerged subamrine and get all the crewmembers to the surface without them getting the "bends". The students train at the Submarine Escape Training Tank (SETT), a 100-foot water tower either at the submarine base, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii or at the submarine base, New London, Connecticut.... Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
This U.S. Navy film shows how a sunken submarine can be raised from the depths using pontoons and air apparatus. Features footage of the salvage vessel USS Hoist (ARS-40), hard hat divers, and animations and footage of a real salvage operation exercise. Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. Kriegsmarine action in and around the English Channel is shown, as part of the Nazi propaganda effort. Topic: German propaganda film.
This rare film features ships of the U.S. Asiatic fleet patroling the Yangtze River. The Asiatic Fleet's gunboats were tasked with protecting American shipping (primarily oil tankers) from pirates and the Japanese. Contains amazing footage of life in China circa 1935 including the cities of Chunking, Shanghai, and the countryside. Ships featured in this film are the USS Augusta (CA-31), USS Borie (DD-215) and USS Simpson (DD-221) as well as US gunboats. Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)
Manchukuo, or "State of Manchuria", was a puppet state comprised of Eastern Inner Mongilia and Manchuria. Created by the former Qing Dynasty Emperor and Imperial Japan in 1932, it ceased to exist after the defeat of Japan in WWII. The international furor that resulted from the creation of the state of Manchukuo, eventually led Japan to withdraw from the League of Nations. This propaganda film shows the newly-created state, with a focus on how the Japanese are improving the lives of... Topic: Japanese propaganda film.
Made prior to the outbreak of WWII, "Men of the Coast Guard" presents America's first line of shore defense. Seen in this film are the Coast Guard cutters, life boats, and light ships that patrol America's home waters. The film also shows how recruits are drawn from the merchant marine and trained in the arts of lifesaving, seamanship, and navigation. The full rigged sail ship Joseph Conrad is seen at sea, fulfilling its mission by training cadets about teamwork. The lightship... Topic: Newsreel.
Made to promote the upgrading of Polaris SSBN submarines to carry the new Poseidon missile, this film presents an overview of the nation's undersea nuclear force. A brief history of the Polaris SSBNs is presented, including the development of the solid-rocket engine and launch apparatus. Admiral Raborn is shown on the occasion of the first successful undersea launch of a missile from a submarine. Earlier attempts to place a missile on a sub, including the Regulus missile era are shown.... Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows Japanese attacks on Australia, and the Battle of Coral Sea and Midway that turned the tide of the Pacific War. Includes footage of Allied transports headed for Australia, where they will be under command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. An Douglas A-26 bomber is seen making a crash landing after its gear fails to extend. The Australian cities of Port Moresby and Darwin come under Japanese attack from the air. Footage of the Battle of Coral Sea... Topic: Newsreel.
This U.S. Navy recruiting film from the 1970s, NUCLEAR NAVY, shows some of the Navy's nuclear powered aircraft carriers including USS Nimitz (CVN-68), the USS South Carolina (CGN-37). Training is shown at Newport, Rhode Island, and the film contains a great montage that shows some of the enormous course load and academic rigor in the nuclear program. The Naval Post Graduate School at Monterey is seen at the 6:55 mark. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the... Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Nuclear Power, Newport, USS Nimitz
This rare North Vietnamese newsreel was made in the immediate aftermath of Ho Chi Minh's death, in 1970. In addition to showing the Vietnamese people mourning their fallen leader and his funeral, the film contains rare footage of the North Vietnamese Army and Air Force, as well as naval vessels operated by the Communist government, and Viet Cong forces. Many of the images were shot in Hanoi. The film ends with a rousing call to arms (around the 24 minute mark) and boldly seems to... Topics: Vietnamese Language, Cold War, Viet Cong, North Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh
Japanese Relocation (1942) is a short film produced by the U.S. Office of War Information and distributed by the War Activities Committee of the Motion Picture Industry. It is a propaganda film, justifying and explaining Japanese American internment on the West Coast during World War II. It is narrated by Milton Eisenhower.The film starts by asserting that, while many Japanese-Americans were loyal, in early 1942 the West Coast was a potential combat zone, and the government did not know what... Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Japanese Relocation, Internment, Propaganda For Japanese, World War...
Made at the height of the Cold War, "The Communist Threat" is an over-the-top 1960's drama film about a family in East Germany trying the escape to freedom in the West. The films stars Michael Cramer (as Miklos), Gudula Blau (as Lora) Ernst Constantine (as Gousev) and Paul Glavion (as Eric). The film was written by Don Fearheiley and directed by Jesse Hibbs.Lead actor Michael Cramer was born on March 1, 1930 in Wickrath, Germany. He was known for Babette Goes to War (1959), Der... Topic: Cold War
This fascinating silent color film from World War II shows a variety of rockets produced by the United States for use in the conflict. Many of these weapons were developed at Caltech, and the film shows some of the work done there to perfect these systems. Various launch platforms are shown including small craft such as the LCI and the LCM, and aircraft of various kinds including the Navy's Harpoon. The 5-inch Forward Firing Aircraft Rocket or FFAR was an American rocket developed during... Topics: World War II, Aircraft, Rocket, Folding Fin, High Velocity Aircracrt Rocket, privateer airplane
Produced in 1957 and presented by America's Trucking Industry, "Rehearsal for Disaster" shows the important role that motorized transport and in particular the trucking industry, plays in civil defense today, and in the event of an atomic attack. As the film says, "the trucking industry, organized on a nationwide basis, can be a tremendous factor in saving lives and property in the event of any emergency, natural or war-caused." The underlying idea of the film is that truck... Topics: Disaster, Civil Defense, Nuclear Attack, Cold War, 1957, World War 2, Fallout center, Film, Atomic...
Produced in 1957 and presented by America's Trucking Industry, "Rehearsal for Disaster" shows the important role that motorized transport and in particular the trucking industry, plays in civil defense today, and in the event of an atomic attack. As the film says, "the trucking industry, organized on a nationwide basis, can be a tremendous factor in saving lives and property in the event of any emergency, natural or war-caused." The underlying idea of the film is that truck... Topics: Nuclear Attack, Cold War, Fallout Center, World War II, Atomic Bomb Cold War, Disaster, Civil...
This Royal Canadian Air Force film shows a military plane crash and its aftermath, with one uninjured crewman doing his best to keep injured cohorts alive until help arrives. The title of the film is not certain (because the opening title is missing!) but we believe it is called "No Time to Lose". The scenario unfolds as the plane's crew, already low on fuel and with an engine out, learns that their base is completely fogged in. Moments later a second engine failure dooms the... Topics: Royal Canadian Air Force, Aircraft, Plane Crash, Accident, Survival, Canada, Airplane, Morse Code
Designed to promote racial harmony and understanding in wartime, TWENTY SEVEN SOLDIERS shows the cooperation between twenty seven different nations and ethnicities to defeat the Axis in Italy. Road signs are shown in some of the 12 languages used by Allied armies at the front, and many wonderful shots of American, British, Indian, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, Free French, Free Yugoslavs, Free Dutch, Free Polish, and other armies. Soldiers from many different nations are seen with... Topics: Perisocpe Film, Stock Footage, Propaganda Film, World War II, Film, Allied Army
Created shortly after WWII, this film tells the story of the destroyer escorts and their service in the U.S. Navy. These were fast and maneuverable ships that cost half of what a conventional destroyer cost, and could perform all the same rolls. The film shows the construction and launch of various ships including USS McConnell (DE-163), USS Frament (DE-677) and USS Brennan (DE-13) during WWII. These "hellcats of the fleet" are then shown preparing for sea duty and making a... Topics: destroyer escort, U.S. Navy, DE, WWII, World War II, Battle of the Atlantic, anti-submarine...
Produced in 1945, "Glamour Gal" is a documentary film about the eponymous large artillery gun and the ten Marines who work her, "a team of eleven". The film follows Glamour Gal and her escorts from the time she ships off through her service on Iwo Jima. Life for the artillerymen aboard ship is depicted as monotonous, as they are, for the moment, "simply passengers" with little to do except read old magazines and brag about their girlfriends. However the monotony is... Topics: World War 2, Battle Of Iwo Jima, U.S. Marine Corps, Glamour Gal, Japanese Imperial Army
This silent highlight reel shows U.S. Air Force aircraft including F-105 Thunderchiefs and F-4 Phantoms making raids on North Vietnam. The beginning of the reel shows air strikes on enemy bridges and infrastructure as part of an effort to cut supplies to the Viet Cong and disrupt the North Vietnamese economy. At the 4:27 mark, air to air combat against the North Vietnamese Air Force is shown with several Migs taken out through the use of missiles and cannon fire. The most spectacular... Topics: Republican F-105 Thunderchief, McDonell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, Vietnam War, Mikoyan-Gurevich...